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Position: Program Director

Program: Best Start Regional Support Network

Location: Panorama City

Annual Salary: $75,000 - $80,000

Program Summary:

El Nido is contracted by First 5 LA as the lead organization in a Regional Support Network designed to support and maximize the impact and sustainability of the Best Start Community Partnerships in the San Fernando Valley (Best Start Region 3). The purpose of Best Start is to cultivate strong collaborative efforts with parents, residents, organizations, and key leaders (i.e. community partnerships) so that, together, they are a powerful catalyst for change to achieve and sustain positive outcomes for children and families in their communities. The long-term outcome for Best Start is that community partnerships build, use, and maintain the ability to influence policies and systems that affect the safety, healthy development and well-being of children prenatal to age 5 and their families in their community. El Nido and the partner organizations in the Regional Support Network work together with the community partnerships to help achieve this outcome by providing support in areas including grant management, fiscal and sub-contractor oversight, capacity building, collective advocacy and resource mobilization.

Essential Duties:

  • Participates in all First 5 LA required activities to represent the San Fernando region and El Nido.

  • Responsible for ensuring that the regional and local network partners have strong collaborative relationships with parents, schools, early education, health, mental health and public service providers.

  • Responsible for managing the First 5 L.A contract, fulfilling all administrative requirements, managing subcontracts with all partners, and ensuring integrity to the Best Start values and principles. Duties will include fiscal management, reporting, invoicing and subcontract administration and monitoring.

  • Coordination of Organizational Capacity Building – facilitates the Community Transformation Framework that is responsive to the current lived experience of the communities served and to the intended trajectory to the Community Transformation efforts. Implements and ensures fidelity of the Community Transformation Framework at Best Start Region 3 Partnership Convenings.

  • Regional Learning - facilitates regular learning activities across community partnerships within the region as well as participates in First 5 L.A. learning activities.

  • Regional Evaluation – work with evaluation consultant to ensure all efforts and activities are evaluated. Lead the Regional Network evaluation work group comprised of residents and local network partners to ensure transparency and accountability.

  • Multi- Level Coordination - coordinates and maximizes opportunities to connect the work of the community partnerships within the region to each other and to similar effectors at the local, regional, and/or countywide levels.

  • Collective Advocacy - coordinates and supports opportunities to engage the community partnerships which could involve multiple communities with the region in pursuit of common goals or in response (or support of) external policy or system change endeavors.

  • Regional Resource Mobilization – attracts and leverages regional, countywide, state and federal resources and relationships to ensure fund development to help Community Partnership work towards sustainability

  • Performs managerial duties including interviewing/hiring applicants for employment; assigning and reviewing progress of assignments; conducting performance appraisals and recommending salary increases, counseling and employment separations.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Regional Director

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Public Administration or related field OR a combination of a B.A. degree in Public Administration or related field and relevant experience may be substituted for the graduate degree.

  • Two or more years of demonstrated supervisory experience preferably in a social services environment.

  • Strong experience in community organizing, capacity building and leadership development and relevant experience sufficient to demonstrate the ability to satisfactorily meet the demands of the position.

  • Strong experience working with the Latino community, Black/African American, and other communities of color is a plus.

  • Ability to create opportunities and safe spaces, facilitate and guide community residents, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, elected officials, city and county departments and other stakeholders to partner in the designing, implementation of Systems Change Strategies to transform their communities.

  • Ability to manage, supervise and build/strengthen the capacity of staff and contractors in community partnership development/community mobilization/place-based initiative large grant management and systems change at local, state and federal level.

  • Excellent mediation, facilitation and capacity building skills to build/strengthen collaboration to achieve common goals.

  • Demonstrated commitment in practice, to the values of diversity, inclusiveness, and empowerment.

  • Ability to independently make strategic decisions, generate innovative ideas and solutions, and multi-task due to a wide variety of tasks and constantly changing activities in our work.

  • Ability in managing programs, including budgets, financial plans, milestones, and metrics.

  • Strong relationship builder with the ability to find common ground, build consensus, and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders, internal staff, and volunteers.

  • Ability to support funding identification and application from various funding sources, including public streams, foundations, and individuals.

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent writing and verbal skills.

  • Understanding of systems change advocacy strategies

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) programs.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, sometimes including evenings and/or weekends.

How to Apply

Please email cover letter and resume to

Position will remain open until filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer - All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status.

El Nido is committed to building and embracing an inclusive, diverse and equitable work environment that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees and reflects the communities we serve.

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